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[英伦广角] 2014-02-15 洪水切断英格兰多数铁路

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Repairing the damage to the rail net work in the southwest England could run into spring. Huge containers filled with concrete and rocks with the broken track at Dawlish and Devon are a little more than a temporary patch up. Empty tracks for miles and miles means that no one is going anywhere fast.

It typically takes two, two and three quarters, three hours. It’s probably gonna take about 5 hours. I am gonna go buses to Bristol, Parkway, train to Edi…., change again for … for the ….. How long you think that will take? No idea. No idea.

At Exeter where thousands collect each day, Buses are the new trains and they are moving thousands of passengers. It means hours are add to daily journeys. Hugh Blackstaff travels regularly between the southwest and London, a journey made more difficulty now. With the weather being a ………., just gonna continue to be a huge problem. So, what will you do, cause you need to do this journey regularly? What are you going to do? I am just going to go and bear. I will just suck up and do whatever it throws in. Hopefully, they will get down here eventually, even if it means one in the morning. I mean it’s important.

Any passenger wants to head south here will have to get on a bus like this or do it under their own steam. Anyone who wants to go off to London will have to get on board and divert to Bristol. This will be become a way of life for thousands of commuters for the foreseeable future at least.

Network Rail says they will do what they can to fix the broken tracks to get the trains running again, but admitted that more storms may bring more misery. It is not just the flooding it is the ground water. The water table is not where you just see floods, but Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey all the way through Kent elsewhere. It’s the highest it’s ever been sometime. So a lot of our embankments, a lot of our track is heavily water logged up to the moment. The bad weather has put lives on hold for those in the eye of the storm, but its effects are being felt far and wide now, as transport links here feels the strength. Nick Martin, Sky News, Exeter
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